• iPhones, iPods Tagged by NYPD to Crack Down on iCrimes

    You can almost hear the theme song from "Cops" playing in the distance as you read this headline.

    According to a report from the New York University student newspaper, there is widespread gadget and computer theft taking place on the hallowed educational grounds of NYU. The situation has gotten so bad, that New York's Finest have been called in to help crack down on "iCrimes."

    From Cult of Mac:

    In an effort to stop campus gadget and computer thefts, New York police are bringing an ID program to the New York University students.
    Beginning this week, the NYPD will provide the space and manpower to set up an "engraving station" in a dorm lobby at NYU. The police are asking students to lug their tech goodies - iPods, cell phones, laptops, etc. - down to the facility so that each can be tagged for later tracing.

    How does it work? Well, if you asked James Bond, 007 would tell you that high-tech crime can only be prevented with high-tech solutions. And that's exactly what the NYPD is putting to use to curb campus theft.

    An infrared pen will mark student gadgets with a serial number that will be housed in an NYPD database, allowing police to access a description, model and owner information, should the device be recovered. After items are tagged, police can view the serial number by shining a light on it.
    As the article indicates, the NYU anti-iCrime program is nothing new. A New Hampshire high school recently initiated a similar program. But the efforts now underway at NYU are massive by comparison given the university's student body of approximately 55,000. That's a whole lot of taggin' and baggin' for the iPods and iPhones native to the campus.

    Once again, itís debatable whether ID-ing gadgets will prevent swiping or if it would be easier if Apple provided some sort of lock-down system after thefts.
    Is the NYPD's effort the best option available? Probably not. But it's a start. And anything to slow the iCrimes that are causing no shortage of problems for students is worth the energy, at least for now.

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